The world lost a music legend this week as David Bowie lost his battle with cancer. But like every other aspect of his life, Bowie seemed to command death in his own way.
Bowie released his last album Blackstar on his 69th birthday, two days before his death. It was an album that had been orchestrated over the course of his last year on earth as a goodbye gift to his fans and the world. The last song released titled Lazarus included the lyrics “Look up here, I’m in Heaven” and “Oh I’ll be free, just like that bluebird. Oh I’ll be free, ain’t that just like me.”
Most will have their favorite of his legendary songs. As a kid who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s I’m a bit partial to Fame and Let’s Dance. And his duet with Bing Crosby Little Drummer Boy has always been one of my holiday favorites.
Although Bowie leaves a legacy of ground-breaking and ever-changing music over the span of four decades, he also leaves a legacy of respect and gratitude for his fans. Blackstar was made as a going away present—a final farewell. Blackstar was a way for Bowie to say goodbye and leave his fans with a sense of peace at his passing.
Although my circle of “fans” is much smaller, I hope I learn from this man and leave a “goodbye note” to my family when it is my turn to meet God in heaven. A final love letter, a picture, or note of encouragement tucked away for them to find amongst my estate planning documents. A final gift to remind them of my love. A legacy of love…